KOLKATA: Harvard University is planning a case study on Delhi-based Jindal SteelBSE 2.14 % & Power’s recently commissioned coal gassification plant to examine how nations like India with coal resources but lack in adequate natural gas and shale gas reserves are looking at futuristic, green technology. About 43 students are visiting India this week.
The group includes students from the Harvard University’s business school, the Kennedy School, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Education, besides students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The India visit is part of Asia Leadership Trek, which will help the students discover Asia in a new light.
The group includes students of technology, law, education, engineering and management who will visit countries in Asia and meet political, business and social leaders to understand the opportunities and challenges for Asia in the 21st century,” said Neha Sharma, a June 2014 Harvard alumnus who is organising the visit said.
The trip will also familiarise the students with issues beyond technology, such as land acquisition and how it affects local communities. The students are grappling with issues such as clean technology solutions and studying how emerging economies like India are considering alternative sources of energy.
While nearly half of the students will visit JSPL’s coal gasification plant at Angul in Odisha on Sunday, the rest will interact with JSPL chairman Navin Jindal in Delhi for an insight into his motivation behind investing in the plant and how it helps produce green steel.
Sharma said students are also keen to understand how JSPL met challenges of this project, the first of this scale to be taken up in Asia. Ravi Uppal, managing director and CEO of JSPL told ET, “The last six months have been a huge learning experience.
After tackling initial problems, we have now reached full output. Ours is perhaps the only coal gasification plant in the world using high-ash coal as input. In South Africa, for instance, ash content in coal is not more than 20% and of consistent quality from a single mine while in our case it could contain up to 50% ash.”
JSPL has adequate coal supply for the plant since most of its coal blocks were deallocated after the Supreme Court cancelled allotments last year. “We are buying coal from different sources in auctions, even importing it from Australia and Mozambique,” Uppal said.
Source : ET